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Pumpkins in the pool

Jim Scolman photo

Alise, age 4, and her big brother Alijah, 5, gather their prize pumpkins during the “Pumpkin Swim” at the Monroe Y on Saturday, Oct. 22. Their last names were not made available. The YMCA sponsored two sessions for kids and families for the fall event.

In Monroe, this house comforts the families of prisoners

MONROE — Matthew House, a nonprofit located near the Monroe prison, ensures families of the incarcerated are taken care of with temporary shelter, food and clothing at the time in their lives when their world's been turned upside down.

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Snohomish’s city budget grows, but must evaluate sustainability

SNOHOMISH — Mayor Linda Redmon’s preliminary $80 million two-year budget through 2024 adds more community services, outlines goals for modernizing the city and dedicates millions of dollars toward future projects. The City Council, though, will soon have to start making choices on how to ensure the budget is sustainable into future years as labor costs will be rising, Redmon told the council last week.

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Sultan to use roundabouts to fix U.S. 2 traffic clogs

SULTAN — The city is centering on a plan to gradually widen U.S. 2 to four lanes, and build roundabouts at multiple highway intersections within the city. Three fixes are looking promising in the immediate future. The city will start lobbying Olympia for specific projects in January.

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Mobile mental health project awaits launch

MONROE — A new emergency mental health service is coming to Monroe and Sultan in the next few months, once staff can be found for it.

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Paine Field could be designated to grow

EVERETT — A state airports committee is suggesting to either greatly grow services at Everett’s Paine Field in tandem with growth at Sea-Tac Airport or to construct a brand-new airport in either Pierce or Thurston counties. They’re working on deciding which option to put forward to state legislators next year.

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Council majority rejects tying drug treatment rule to staying in county-owned shelters

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The County Council voted 3-2 along political party lines to oppose an ordinance that would stipulate that illegal drug users would be required to get treatment as a rule to access housing in county-owned shelters for homeless people.

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Election candidates for Snohomish County Prosecutor answer questions

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Who should lead the 202-person office responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases and represent the county in civil cases? Voters will select between Jason Cummings and Brett Rogers to be the county's next prosecutor. The Tribune asked the candidates a few questions and is sharing their answers.

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Up for a challenge, a stunt flying duo emerged

ARLINGTON — These two guys are putting on quite a show while doing something they love.

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Religious center’s compatibility debated in Clearview

CLEARVIEW — Dozens of neighbors in Clearview want to have sound controlled from activities at a destination religious assembly facility located on rural land off of State Street. County Hearing Examiner Peter Camp is deciding whether to approve a conditional use permit for the Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle to upgrade a barn's interior to be a better worship center.

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Legislators will re-file bill to lower state’s drunk-driving limit

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Sens. Marko Liias and John Lovick, both of Snohomish County, would like to lower the state’s legal drunk-driving impairment limit to 0.05% blood-alcohol concentration.

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County Council dismisses appeal claiming impropriety in Cathcart development approval

CATHCART — The County Council last week dismissed a land-use appeal crying foul to how county officials approved 286 townhomes at state Route 9 and Cathcart Way. Opponents say the fight's not over. Appellants contend multiple issues of transparency and incompleteness of the environmental review in relation to the county hearing examiner's approval of a private development on county surplus land at Cathcart Way and Highway 9.

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Snohomish County records first flu death of season

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Somebody in Snohomish County died of the flu this month, the Snohomish Health District said last week.
It was the county’s first flu-related death since 2020.
Also, new COVID-19 booster shots are newly available for youth age 5+.

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Fentanyl is being added to other drugs more often

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Even drug users who'd never want to touch Fentanyl are being blindsided that somebody blended it in, and a drug testing expert is finding these incidences have skyrocketed.

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Mayors’ new collaboration against crime to push state leaders

A bipartisan coalition of city mayors seeking to re-harden some of the state’s police reform laws to help control crime launched last week.
The mayors say some of the laws swept in during 2020, such as prohibitions on police chases, are not working, and instead emboldened criminals.

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Monroe’s drug-sniffing police dog can finally take it easy

MONROE — K-9 Sam's been the department’s narcotics K-9 for five years, paired with Officer Devin Tucker. He could hardly contain himself at his retirement acknowledgement last week.

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Monroe city budget coming up for discussion

MONROE — Mayor Geoffrey Thomas's proposed $198 million 2023-2024 two-year budget adds staff and continues progress on plans framed by the city's six-prong "Imagine Monroe" vision that focuses on people.

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Keeping downtown Monroe clean

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Dorian Adams, center, and Maverick, 5, both of Monroe, scramble to collect litter during last month's monthly cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 24 in downtown Monroe. Dorian's mom Rachel is at left and Maverick's mom Heather Sevier is in the background with her stroller. Sevier, commenting on the cleanup, said, ”I like to clean and it’s good to clean up our community.”

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce began organizing a monthly clean up in downtown. The group meets rain or shine on the last Saturday of every month. They meet at Sharinabean's on Main Street at 10 a.m.

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City, county will look for sites for new stadium in Everett

EVERETT — A feasibility study began last week for siting a new multipurpose outdoor stadium in Everett.
And if one gets built, the Everett AquaSox minor league baseball team is committing to a 30-year or longer lease to anchor it.

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Everett Mall's transformation would cut it up

EVERETT — It might not be readily apparent, but redevelopment of the Everett Mall is underway. A future, second-step plan would slice a big part of the mall to reshape its appearance.

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County, city leaders plead to Sound Transit to not alter future Everett rail route

EVERETT — Sound Transit again got an earful from local leaders against the idea of altering where the future Link light rail line is routed within Everett last week. An idea would cut Paine Field out of the picture. County leaders call foul to that.

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County Council resolution calls out for more youth sports officials and better parent temperment

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Parents and officials cheered a resolution passed at the County Council last week that recognizes the need for more youth sports officials and calls on parents and players to behave with respect and sportsmanship. The deficit of volunteer game officials is now interfering with play.

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Council majority puts end to multi-family tax exemption talks for Midtown District

SNOHOMISH — A 4-3 vote by the City Council last week put an end to talks of offering developers a tax waiver that intended to jointly encourage development and affordable housing in the Midtown District up Avenue D. So, what's next?

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Newly discovered COVID‑like virus could
infect humans, resist vaccines

A recently discovered virus in a Russian bat that is similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, is likely capable of infecting humans and, if it were to spillover, is resistant to current vaccines.

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Everett trying to stay on course with its budget

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin’s proposed $543.7 million budget avoids service cuts, and it continues the city's work on homelessness, affordable housing and climate change.

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In a way, he's how Hewitt Avenue got its groove

EVERETT — One could say building rehabilitator Pete Sikov is a secret part of Hewitt Avenue's revival. Through selecting who to rent to, it transformed into a historic arts and culture district. The Hodges Building, smack-dab in the center of downtown, underwent years of restoration after a damaging fire and opened in May. A story of the landowner who has slowly curated whole blocks of downtown.

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Delta residents tired of dangerous Jackson Park problems

Corn maze of Seattle Kraken hockey team is Stocker Farms’ theme this year

SNOHOMISH — Stocker Farms’ corn maze design this year celebrates the Seattle Kraken NHL team, and it’s all for a good cause.

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In some schools, lunch is already free for everyone
State Superintendent aims to make school meals free statewide

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As it stands today, not everyone has to pay for a school lunch. Those who do saw meal prices nudged up again this school year. If State Superintendent Chris Reykdal gets state legislation passed for universally free school meals, per a plan he announced last week to ask for $86 million in state earmarks, paying for school lunch could become a thing of the past next fall.

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Blackman Lake receiving more focus

SNOHOMISH — The city is investing in Blackman Lake. The lake off of 13th Street can use any help it can get.

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Large arts and music center nears its opening

EVERETT — A new graffiti museum and music venue is coming to Everett this fall at Everett and Wetmore avenues, within the former Club Broadway building.

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Proposed narcotics rehab rule may not preclude federal dollars for county's hotel buys

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — County Councilman Nate Nehring's effort to introduce a stipulation that illicit drug users must go through treatment as a condition of being given shelter in county-funded housing for homeless individuals can be done without precluding federal funding, but it must be done narrowly to avoid pitfalls, the county prosecutor's office found.

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A zebra finds a new home in Machias

MACHIAS — How did a zebra end up a woman's ranch? Well, here's the thing...

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Firefighters show off how they do it all

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Olivia Denney, 6, of Everett (left) and Owen Shelton, 7, of Lake Stevens learn how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled fire as part of Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual open house at Station 31 in Monroe on Saturday, Oct. 15. A number of hands-on activities, demonstrations and close-up looks at firetrucks were part of the afternoon-long event. The station's open house, which has happened now for 20 years, is timed to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week.

Two historic Monroe houses at risk of demolition again

MONROE — The clock is ticking louder today on the historic Buck Houses, and fate will tell if they’re saved.

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Suboxone clinic proposed for downtown Monroe

MONROE — A proposed new site for an addiction clinic in downtown Monroe will also help East County residents with opioid dependence as far away as Index.

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Once a youth jail wing, now treating adults:
Inside the North Sound Behavioral Health Treatment Center

EVERETT — People are getting help in Everett through short-term but intensive, 24/7 rehabilitation to try to put addiction firmly in their past.

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Broadband internet gaps in county to be identified to increase services

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A countywide survey will dig deeper into internet gaps in rural county. Informal surveys show Machias, Three Lakes, and the outskirts north of Monroe, plus the Highway 9 corridor between Lake Stevens and Arlington, are populated areas have internet speeds below broadband standards. Residents in the most outlying pockets might be buying satellite internet services as no internet lines come to them.

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A survivor in so many ways: Resilient Renee's story

MONROE — Renee Uribe-Sayah endured much in her life: The domestic abuse, the migraines, the car accident, the brain tumor. She took each step as a challenge.

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Fixes for 522 bottlenecks are being designed
today, but actual construction timeline hazy

MONROE — Progress is steadily being made behind the scenes to widen the last part of state Route 522 and completely redo the Maltby Road/Paradise Lake Road intersection to get rid of the stoplight.
Finding money to construct it is a known need.

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Think your kid gets migraines? This doc can say

EVERETT — More children may be susceptible to migraines than once thought. A clinical research drug trial is ongoing for a dissolvable tablet to help adolescents when migraines attack. An Everett center is one of the few centers nationally taking patients.

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Stretching to the sky

Jim Scolman photo

Chuck Betker, of Spark Hot Yoga, center, back, leads a class of about 30 students in Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga in a beautiful sunflower field at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm on a stunning Tuesday afternoon in Snohomish. “Farm Yoga” is one of many events Bob’s is hosting for its sunflower festival ongoing through Sept. 17. Betker has been teaching for about seven years and is from Everett.




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